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{distributions} is about questions relating to different (La)TeX-distributions. Questions about one specific distribution should be tagged with the corresponding tag.

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How can you get the correct .bbl version for arXiv in MacTeX?

Although the question of getting the correct .bbl version for arXiv has been asked and answered before, I've had trouble implementing some of the suggested solutions on the Mac, so please read to the ...
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Generating tikz figure in latex

I am trying to generate a tikz figure similar to So far I made the following latex code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{...
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Is the weird licensings incompatibility issue mentioned by Stallman still relevant? [closed]

In a recent article on FSF.org ** The main license in actual use that isn't reasonably behaved is the license of TeX: if two programs are licensed just the way TeX is, there is no authorized way to ...
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How to express vector multiply distribution by equation? [closed]

I have a distribution of sale count of 24 hours , data would like {0:20, 1:40, 2:22, .... , 23:9}, let's say Q. I have an hour array [2,4,6,22] as a, means [2,4,6,22] hours in a day. I want to get sum ...
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If LaTeX tools implement the TeX features from scratch [duplicate]

I just asked about Documentation on the Algorithms or Techniques LaTeX uses for Text Layout, which lead to Alternatives to LaTeX which pointed out some tools such as ConTeXt. I also have heard of ...
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TeXLive 2018 installation error on Windows 10 PC [closed]

I'm trying to install TeXLive 2018 on a brand new Windows 10 PC, but I keep getting the following error: I've tried disabling my Windows Defender antivirus and firewall, and running install-tl-...
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Unbuffered output option for LaTeX executable?

I am using a editor (gEdit) that, while compiling LaTeX (or executing any code in its embedded output window), hangs waiting from the executing code to flush its output and scrolling the text. ...
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Convenient LaTeX for arXiv

ArXiv does not compile many of the (derivative) auxiliary files for its files, like the .bbl and .ind files, and these files need to be uploaded along with the original source. The main problem with ...
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The text is uniformly distributed on each page

I have the problem since yesterday that the text on each page in not distributed from up to down but uniformly on the page, here is an example of a page and the code https://gyazo.com/...
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LaTeX for Mac smaller than 2.9Gb?

I am a linux user myself, and have been using TeX on Linux since the original "T" series of floppy disks as part of the initial Slackware distribution. However, my daughter uses a Mac (OS version 10....
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GNUPLOT and cumulative distribution function (CDF) issues

I have several issues that I can not resolve on my own. The label of the y-axis can not displayed on the top / above the arrow Then I can not put the 1/100% of the CDF on the y-axis (not even ...
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Filling space between coordinates

Because I failed to plot a cumulative distribution function, I tried to draw some paths (it´s just for demonstration purpose). Unfortunately I can not fill the spaces between the two "functions". The ...
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TeX distribution with program signature from distributer?

Different to pretty all of my colleagues I still want to use LaTeX at work once in a while. In the past I simply used a portable installation to circumvent the fact that I would need administrator ...
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Download exe file for TeX Live 2016 and 2015 for windows

Basically I want to find a link to actually download the exe file for windows for TeX Live 2015 and 2016... I cannot find any !! TeX Live 2017 seems incompatible at the moment for me since that wget....
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The updates on the different latex distributions

Before yesterday, on 25 July 2017, the media9 package was updated by its developer Alexander Grahn (aka AlexG) on the deposit of the CTAN. Today by performing an automatic update of MiKTeX, this ...
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How can I get a list of all \fontfamily{…}\fontseries{…} combinations?

Someone just suggested to me in the context of another question to consider one or two \fontfamily{...}\fontseries{...} combinations; but I'm not too keen on those options. How can I check all such ...
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Pure python compiler

I am writing a Python 2.7 program on Windows that generates LaTeX output. I would like to make it able to generate PDF output from the LaTeX, but I have only limited leeway to install additional ...
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Minimal XeTeX distribution for Linux

I want to run a XeLaTeX instance in Amazon Lambda (Linux). I need the binaries to be less than 200MB. What I need to achieve: Create a text-based pdf file out o Use many languages as available, ...
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fltpage out of support?

I created a document with Miktex and TexnicCenter a year ago and it worked fine. Since my pc died I installed everything again (Win8) but now no pdf is produced Because: error file fltpage.sty not ...
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Is \listfiles guaranteed to be identical for the same preamble given an up-to-date distribution?

LaTeX provides \listfiles, which for a particular source file provides: scrreprt.cls 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script document class (report) scrkbase.sty 2016/06/14 v3.21 KOMA-Script package (KOMA-...
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Texlive with perltk

Why texlive use perltk to make the installer? I use texlive since 2007. At this time there was only perltk as a really Platform indecency tool for GUI. But nowadays there are tool like Qt with Qt-...
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How can I have several (La)TeX distributions co-existing on the same computer and easily switch between them using one editor?

How can I have several (La)TeX distributions co-existing on the same computer and easily switch between them using one editor? I am using Windows but it would be interesting to see answers for *nix ...
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Gaussian/Normal plots from a data distribution in scientific notation

I am new to Tex and trying to plot a gaussian distribution from a set of values. I have the following set of values and would like to plot a normal distribution for them. 2.9954E-09 3.1314E-09 3....
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How best to run LaTeX on a system with few resources

I've been running LaTeX for about a decade on my Macs and I've picked up a Dell Chromebook for travelling (to install Linux via Crouton). Pretty much the only reason to do this over a tablet is that I ...
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TeX Live permissions on OS X

So, after installing TeX Live 2015 (via the downloadable package) next to Homebrew, my directory-structure looks like this drwxr-xr-x 24 ec admin 816 20 Jan 20:58 | /usr/local drwxr-xr-x 176 ...
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problems installing MiKTeX 2.9 on windows 10 (64 bit) [closed]

I am trying for a couple of days now to install MiKTeX 2.9 but every time i'm starting to download the files on my laptop (currently running on win 10) it tell me : the operation could not be ...
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Tex Live Package Security

To what extent is the code of the packages included in tex distributions reviewed with respect to malicious code. This is with respect to what is posted in documentation as well as what is actually ...
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I want to start using TEX to write up assignments and labs [duplicate]

I want to start coding in my assignments and lab reports in TEX (I'm not sure that's the correct software name) as they look more professional. The only TEX knowledge I have is writing mathematical ...
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Updating w32tex

Is there any way to update w32tex? I found that the question on updating TeX distribution has already been posted How do I update my TeX distribution?, but there is no answer regarding w32tex. Thank ...
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Rule of thumb for synchronizing/updating Tex distributions

Some companies will not update their tex distribution regularly. What is a practical length of time to allow to pass before failing to resynchronize Tex Live or Miktex could reasonably become a ...
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Latex distributions. What are their main differences?

What are the main differences among: TeX Live teTeX fpTeX MiKTeX proTeXt MacTeX gwTeX OzTeX AmigaTeX PasTeX
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Why is LaTeX called a typesetting “system”?

Reading about TeX/LaTeX online, I'm a little confused as to what it is- isn't it a language? Wikipedia calls is it a typesetting system- and to make matters worse, if I want to use LaTeX, I need to ...
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Questions From a LaTeX Beginner [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate studying mathematics. I am currently in the process of writing my first paper for submission to an academic journal. While learning about the process of submitting a paper it ...
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Is TIKZ sending ambiguous PDF instructions that only TEXstudio understands well?

TEXstudio is the only MAC software (although not originally designed for MAC) that has a PDF viewer that renders perfectly well dashed and hatched lines drawn with tikz. What does TEXstudio do that ...
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Own command works not with all LaTeX distributions and LaTeX document classes

A new defined command (see below) works on my windows with MiKTeX 2.9 and on a Mac with MacTeX. On another windows (running in a Mac) with an absolute fresh installed MiKTeX and on the same Mac in Mac ...
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Basic setup for LaTeX for Mac?

I have a professor who requires me to use Latex but he mainly speaks in terms of PC. I have a Mac so I have to find appropriate alternatives. So far I have purchased "Latexian" as an editor, and see ...
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Comparison of available TeX distribution tools

By any chance, is there any place or page for the comparison of the available distribution tools? For me, at this point of time, I only 3 TeX tools. They are 1) LaTeX 2) MiKTeX 3) TeX Live Are there ...
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Online LaTeX editor or local LaTeX editor?

Now there are a couple of online LaTeX editors that seems fancy and handy to use, such as ShareLaTeX and Overleaf. On the other hand, there are classic local Latex installation packages that are also ...
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ftp tug org tarballs and snapshots

1. On tug.org FTP (ftp://tug.org/texlive/historic/2014/) there are four tar.xz: *-bin.tar.xz (precompilled bins for many platforms) *-sources.tar.xz (sources for making bins) *-devsources....
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How do I use the kpse library to get the value of $TEXMFHOME?

Inspired by some recent experiments on the subject, I'm trying to use texlua to automate the installation, done by multiple users, of a complex environment (multiple packages, classes and formats) on ...
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Do different TeX distributions produce PDFs of different quality?

Let's say I have the same TeX input, do different TeX distributions produce different PDF, and if so, which would produce best quality for print? I know my Miktex uses fontconfig to some intent, would ...
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What does the output of TeX/LaTeX depend on (in the sense of version and distribution)

I knew in advance that the output of tex, pdftex, latex, pdflatex and so on, depends on the version of that given program. This, of course, makes a lot of sense. Until now, I have not given it a lot ...
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Should packages on CTAN be widely applicable?

I have a couple 'packages' (more appropriately called styles) that I'd like to painlessly distribute to my classmates. The most straightforward way to do this is via CTAN, but I'm not sure if it is ...
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Is there a package manager that works directly with CTAN (or local TDS structures)? [closed]

Almost out of sheer frustration, I'm on the verge of writing a Python script that will automate the install of both local TDS packages and those retrieved automatically from CTAN, without regard to ...
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Is there a cross-platform way to acquire the local package installation directory?

I'm making a small bundle of 'package-lets' for my classmates and need an easy way to register my package-lets with the local TeX installation. Only the following distributions will be 'supported': ...
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LaTeX on IBM AIX 5.3

I want to use LaTeX on IBM AIX 5.3, has support for UNIX on IBM AIX 5.3 stopped? If so should I use an old version, say from 2009.
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Styles in standard LaTeX distribution [closed]

A conference I'm submitting to wants any styles (and packages I assume) that are not in the 'standard latex distribution' to be included with the .tex source. What are the standard styles and ...
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How to render LaTeX in an Android program?

Recently I'm writing a calc program, on android. As a frequent LaTeX user, it comes to be compelling to use LaTeX rendering in displaying the inputs and outputs. Is there any possibilities to use a ...
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Setting up a flash drive suitable for 'TeX Missionaries'

I'd like to stick a complete TeX system on a flash drive to be able to quickly demonstrate and disseminate TeX and its distributions, but I'd like to keep the total file size small since the medium ...
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Latest Version of BlueSky Textures for Mac

I've been a user of Textures since about 1987. I actually used it to prepare my dissertation for a Ph.D. I've continually updated it since and sorry to see it disappear from the scene TEX scene. I ...